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Cajun Dirty Rice

A spicy comfort dish: pork, rice and beans. Homestyle!

It can be made without the meat as a vegan alternative.

This is a classic homestyle Cajun dish, similar in some ways to Cuban Pork & Rice - which we'll do later at some point. The great thing about this (for me) is that it's the third part of the Ham Hock Trilogy! Previous recipes were Ginger & Coriander Soup and Roast smoked Ham Hock




shallots or an onion

red pepper




cayenne pepper

cooked smoked ham hock (yay!)*

1 lime - juiced

black-eyed beans (pinto or others will do)

brown rice (any will do)

ham stock - or chicken or whatever you have


Monterey jack (or a strong cheddar)*

Louisiana Hot Sauce (I had smokey Chipotle hot sauce)

Vegans - this recipe still tastes great without the ham or cheese


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  • Heat some oil in a frying pan

  • Finely slice the onions and garlic and add to the pan

  • Coarsely slice the pepper and quarter the tomatoes (eighth if they're large)

  • Add them to the pan and stir

  • When they're softened, add the oregano, cumin and cayenne

  • Shred or slice the ham and pop it in, adding the lime juice

  • Give it a good stir

  • Add the black-eyed beans - water and all, and stir

  • Simmer and reduce for about 5-10 minutes

  • Add enough rice to cover the pan, and stir it through

  • Add enough stock to completely cover the rice

  • Give it a good stir. When it boils, bring it down to a simmer, cover it and leave it for 20 minutes

  • Depending on the type of rice you use, the amount of liquid might alter, but 20 minutes should be right for most rice. If it's still too solid after 20 minutes, add a little more stock, cover and try another 5 - and so on.

  • Add the parsley and stir through

  • Add the grated cheese - stir

  • Add the hot sauce - stir

  • That's you

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